QUEEN Elizabeth II will be getting a fishy jubilee gift from Gloucester, harking back to ancient tradition.
Her Majesty will be presented with a lamprey pie from the city as a celebration of her 60 years on the throne.
In 1952 Howard Sibson, who was then the city's High Sheriff, reintroduced an age-old local custom. In medieval times the people of Gloucester sent a decorated lamprey pie to each newly-crowned monarch.
Thanks to Mr Sibson, such a pie was prepared for the coronation of the present Queen in 1953 and her taste buds will be tickled once again for her landmark year.
The lamprey is a cross between an eel and a fish, once plentiful in the River Severn but now an endangered species.
Dr Marc Gaden of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will visit Gloucester on May 4 to present lamprey to Gloucester City Council. A lamprey pie will then be presented to her Majesty on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.